Peru has followed in the footsteps of Pánama by taking an unusual step in preventive measures against the coronavirus. In order to halve the number of people that circulate on the street, it has been determined that men and women cannot coincide on the street. They will only be able to leave the house on alternate days determined for each sex. On Sunday, however, transit to both genders is prohibited. This limitation excludes those who carry out their work in markets, banks, pharmacies and hospitals.
«When we talk about men and women, we know that in gender equality there are citizens who are in a different type of feeling. The Armed Forces and the Police have instructions not to have homophobic attitudes, our government is inclusive», The president of the Andean country, Martín Vizcarra, has clarified.
The alternative exit by sex to the street establishes that men must do it on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while the rest of the days are available to Peruvians. “We have ten days left, let’s make this additional effort to be in control of this disease”, stresses the President of Peru, where confinement began on March 16, and if there is no news, it is scheduled to end on April 12.
Despite reiterating that special instructions will be given to the military and police patrolling the streets so that homosexuals and transsexuals are respected. Trans-activist and ex-candidate for Parliament Gahela Cari has expressed her “concern” about this measure. Law enforcement is, in his opinion “those who have perpetrated more cases of violence against trans people”. He has also assured through Twitter that throughout the quarantine “the right to identity of trans people has been violated and we have been subjected to ridicule and humiliation.”
Vizcarra assures that this measure is due to the fact that the control measures decreed so far have not had the expected results, despite acknowledging that they have been good. The new measure is reminiscent of the one carried out in the capital to decongest circulation, which allows transit to even number plates for a few days, and odd numbers for others.
Since the first contagion was registered on March 6, Peru currently has 1,414 infected people and 55 dead. To compensate for the loss of income, the Government plans an economic aid program estimated at some 30,000 million soles (about 8,500 million dollars) to boost the economy. The amount of the plan is equivalent to 12 points of GDP, according to the authorities. This plan includes a family bond of 380 soles ($ 110) and the withdrawal of up to 2,000 soles ($ 570) from each member of the private pension funds.